Heaven is closer than you think

Byron at Byron Spa and Resort offers 92 luxurious suites nestled among sub-tropical rainforest.
Byron at Byron Spa and Resort offers 92 luxurious suites nestled among sub-tropical rainforest. Contributed

SORRY for those who couldn't locate me for a few nights recently. I was lost in paradise, immersed in ultimate relaxation, in love with a place and time.

I hadn't left Australian shores; I didn't travel too far at all.

I was on the northern New South Wales coast spending two nights at the five-star Byron at Byron Spa and Resort.

And what a special two nights they were.

Located just minutes outside of Byron Bay, the resort - owned by Gerry Harvey and opened in 2004 - optimises its natural surroundings without compromising its five-star rating.

Byron at Byron Spa and Resort doesn't fail to amaze from the moment you arrive to that dreaded moment when it comes time to check-out and depart.

You are greeted by an open-plan reception area - complete with restaurant, a 25m pool and day spa - framed by sandstone, timber and glass features.

Whether you decide to dine, swim or just relax, the tranquillity and seclusion is never compromised.

While impressive, the setting is just one attraction to dining at The Restaurant at Byron at Byron Spa and Resort.

The main attraction is head chef Gavin Hughes, who has been at the resort since its opening.

Gavin's aim is to showcase the region's local produce - the reason he has adopted a paddock-to-place philosophy - and to adapt his menu to the seasons to reflect the diverse regional offerings.

"The food is of a light Mediterranean style and based around the best of what's available locally at the farmers markets. We use Bangalow sweet pork, Alstonville chicken, Yamba prawns, Hervey Bay sea scallops … the fish we get is second to none," he said.

The backdrop to The Restaurant is 18 hectares of lush, sub-tropical rainforest in which the resort's 92 luxury suites are harmoniously located.

Each suite is creatively designed, bringing the natural surrounds inside, yet your privacy and comfort remain a priority.

They offer king-size beds, kitchens, separate lounges, luxurious bathrooms and decks that capture the feeling of being nestled in a rainforest.

Despite the five-star comfort, don't make the mistake of spending too much time inside.

Despite the decadent reception area and modern suites, Byron at Byron does not ignore its stunning natural surroundings.

Visitors can experience the lush, low-lying rainforest via timber boardwalks that meander their way through the property, passing delicate, endangered ecosystems and the resort's natural inhabitants such as wallabies, echidnas, bower birds and even the rare Mitchell's rainforest snail.

You can even access Tallow Beach following the boardwalks out of the resort.

Relaxed enough yet? No? Well, we're about to take it up a level.

A feature of the resort is the Byron at Byron Spa and Wellness Centre.

I didn't have to travel far to get to Byron at Byron Spa and Resort, but once there my day-to-day stresses felt a million miles away.

* The author was a guest of Byron at Byron Spa and Resort

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